Rope Craft ($10) - each class open to 20-25 people, held at the MN Opera Shop.
Please note: You must be able to reliably tie a bowline in order to take any future Ground Rigging classes. (For a Ground Rigging class, if you can not tie a bowline you will be sent home without a refund.) If you cannot tie a bowline, clove, half-hitch, etc. we seriously recommend that you take this Rope Craft class.
Saturday, December 1st at 9am
Monday, March 25th at 6pm
Saturday, May 18th at 9am
Entertainment Electrics with Richard Cadena
Local 13 will not be hosting an Entertainment Electrics class but people interested in attending one of these classes may contact the Executive Board, firstname.lastname@example.org, to request assistance with the cost of the class. Here are the currently scheduled Richard Cadena classes.
Not currently scheduled.
AV Essentials ($125) Registration ended November 20, 2017. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
IATSE Local 13 hosted another AV Essentials class to train workers for convention breakout room AV work. This class was developed by the IATSE International with InfoComm to meet the needs of the PSAV and Freeman national agreements. It involved a 3 day hands on class and several online classes. To receive the certification workers need to complete all classes and pass a practical test that involves setting a breakout room with microphones, speakers, a projector, and a laptop with PowerPoint. They are graded on customer service as well as technical aptitude. The workers who pass this class will receive the IATSE/InfoComm Recognized Live Event Technician certification.
This class was held December 19-22, 2017 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. You must have attended the full day each day to earn the certification.
Arena Ground Rigging Workshop ($40)
By popular demand, our Arena Ground Rigging workshop is back, led by local riggers Roger Rosvold and Kerry Korman.
Live Entertainment has an increasing demand for capable and competent ground riggers! As shows become larger and the gear heavier, skilled ground riggers become ever more valuable. Though their feet never leave the floor, they make all the difference in the world between a good, easy rigging experience and a frustrating, expensive, dangerous day.
This class is specifically designed for arena or convention center ground rigging. Our instructors draw on their training and extensive personal work experience to teach you the must-knows of ground rigging, as well as many tips and tricks that make a job safer and better for everyone. Successful completion will ready you for a day of ground rigging at a convention center or large arena.
In this class you will learn to:
identify common rigging gear and hardware,
read floor marks and communicate information clearly with the other riggers
assemble bridles and tie work ropes into them
send bridles and other rigging to high riggers
PLEASE NOTE all participants must be able to efficiently and reliably tie a bowline. You will be asked to demonstrate a bowline before being admitted to the class. We will send you home without a refund if you are not able to confidently do so.
Please dress for work. Closed-toe work shoes or boots are required; people wearing open-toed shoes or sandals will not be allowed to participate. Much of this class is practical, hands on experience building bridles and preparing them to be sent up!